My wife and I are now the proud owners of a 1979 31ft Rear BR Sovereign!! Longtime AS admirers but complete babies when it comes to renovating an AS, so I'm looking forward to gleaning wisdom from those who have gone before us.
Quick story time: We bought this Airstream out of a dream to see more of the world outside of our bubble & spend more time with our 2-yr-old son. He has a pretty rough genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia
, and will eventually need a risky bone marrow transplant. Not sure what the coming years will look like for our family, but we want to seize the time we have right now...thus the Airstream Dream! I work at the corporate HQ of a large retailer (the wonderful cube life!) and my wife is a self-employed photographer & moccasin-maker
. We currently live in a 1918 North Carolina beauty of a home that's we've been working on for 3 years, so we're getting decently handy. We'll see if any of those skills transfer
Below are a few pics of the current state of our Airstream. Would love to hear any input you have on:
- the only non-negotiables that we have are keeping the rear bedroom space as our private area, adding some sort of private sleeping space for our son (maybe pull-out sofa/bed in the front rounded cove with a curtain?), a more open kitchen (countertops on both sides?), hardwoods (looking at cork right now), and some kind of lightweight tile in the bathroom. Our desired aesthetic is clean, lots of white on walls/trim, real wood accents & countertops, minimal furniture.
- if you've run into any of the issues that we will undoubtedly encounter, we'd love to hear how you worked it out (and how much it cost you
Missing exterior panel:
Issue with the large awning lock:
Hail damage to front window shade panel:
Just pulled out the old sofa & cove countertop last night:
Some corrosion on wires near the battery:
Peeling between the glass of all of the vista windows:
Some seepage from old plumbing:
Thanks in advance for any input! Glad to be a part of the Airstream Community!!